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Talks on offshore pay agreements under way

Tuesday and Wednesday, 3-4 May, have been allocated for this year’s negotiations on the collective pay agreements covering offshore employees in operator, drilling and catering companies on the Norwegian continental shelf.

The Federation of Norwegian Industries and the United Federation of Trade Unions agreed earlier this spring on a framework of 3.7 per cent for the 2022 collective pay settlement. This forms the basis for the other settlements in the Norwegian labour market, including those being negotiated with various unions by Norwegian Oil and Gas.

“These are uncertain times, and we have experienced big fluctuations in oil and gas prices during recent years,” says Elisabeth Brattebø Fenne, lead negotiator at the association. “The pay settlement must be kept within responsible limits so that the industry is as robust as possible in the event of sharp new swings in the market.

“It’s therefore important to avoid excessive pay growth which could in turn threaten employment, and instead to lay a good basis for secure and long-term jobs.”

The Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (IE), the Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe) and the Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne) are negotiating on behalf of the employees, with Norwegian Oil and Gas representing the employers.

Some 7 300 employees are covered by the offshore agreements. They work in the following oil, catering and drilling companies:

Equinor, ConocoPhillips Norge, Aker BP, Vår Energi, Wintershall Dea Norge, Lundin Energy Norway, Repsol Norge, Neptune Energy Norge, Okea, KCA Deutag Drilling Norge, Sodexo Remote Sites Norway, ESS Support Services, Coor Service Management and 4Service Offshore Hotels.


Kolbjørn Andreassen, communication manager for employer policy and operational conditions, Norwegian Oil and Gas, mobile: +47 952 82 808